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Update: May 1, 2023

How to Use Library Spaces

Details about how to use library spaces, including entrance protocols, classrooms, and study spaces are below. The procedures may be different from previous semesters.

Building Access

All Libraries buildings and spaces continue to conform to current University guidelines for health protocols and policies.

Check the Library Access Guide for details on facilities access for specific users.

NYU Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Buildings are open to all NYU Students, Faculty, and staff
  • Non-degree/non-credit (non-matriculated) students do not have access to any library resources, including physical access to the building.


Bobst Library

  • All visitors, except The New School and Cooper Union students and faculty, must register in advance (at least 2 days) for access to the Libraries. We cannot accommodate walk-in visitors.
  • Visitors must comply with all University health policies including vaccination and booster.
  • Eligible visitors should email to start the registration process.
  • Visitors to Special Collections should email for details.

Visitor and external community member access to Bobst is currently limited to the following groups:

  • Special Collections visitors must be pre-approved. Email for details.
  • Palmer students enrolled in onsite classes in Bobst
  • Friends of Bobs Reader and Borrower levels of the Friends of Bobst Library program are now able to use Bobst Library. For more information, please visit the Friends of Bobst Library.
  • Consortium student and faculty: New School and Cooper Union students and faculty may access Bobst using their school ID. At this point, we cannot offer New York School of Interior Design students and faculty automated access. NYSID health requirements do not align with NYU. However, NYSID students and faculty can contact individually to start the registration process.
  • MaRLI members
  • METRO card holders
  • Government Document researchers: By appointment only, due to current University visitor policies. Email
  • Columbia University students should contact individually to start the registration process.
  • NYU Retirees Retirees should arrange access with their school’s Human Resources Officer.
  • NYU Alumni University Development and Alumni Relations enables access to Bobst Library for NYU alumni on a semesterly basis. Please complete the form for access.
  • Employee family members over 5 years of age. Employees should arrange access with their school’s Human Resources Officer.
  • Physical library collections may be used onsite.

Other NYU Libraries

  • Brause Library: Access to licensed NYC brokers currently suspended due to University visitor policies. There is no alumni, Friends of Bobst, or Consortial access.
  • Dibner Library: the NYU’s visitor policy applies to all potential library and archives. Dibner will consider sponsorship requests on a case-by-case basis. Student affiliated visitors are not permitted entry into 5 MetroTech and Dibner Library. There is no alumni and Friends of Bobst access.
  • Institute of Fine Arts Library (IFA): There is currently no access for non-NYU visitors. For questions, email There is no alumni, Consortial, and Friends of Bobst access.
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW): See the ISAW website for information about access. There is no alumni, Consortial, and Friends of Bobst access.

Classrooms in Bobst

  • In addition to the regular Bobst Classrooms the following Library spaces will be used for University-scheduled classes in the Fall: LL1 Computing Labs: PC1, PC2, the Mac Lab and most of the 2nd Floor Special Collections classrooms

Study Spaces

Descriptions of specific spaces available at NYU Libraries.

  • Library study spaces, including stacks seating, are available during open hours.
  • Reservable Group Rooms, graduate collaboratives, AFC media collaboratives and other group spaces and amenities in Bobst, Dibner, and Brause libraries are open. Group Rooms are bookable for NYU students in the Libraries’ Room Reservation system Whiteboard markers are available for check out from the Circ/Reserves desk in Bobst, or the service desks at Dibner and Brause
  • Individual reservable rooms are available at Bobst and Dibner Libraries. Bobst Individual Study Rooms on floors 8 and 9 remain unavailable until further notice.
  • Dissertation Writers Rooms (DWRs) in Bobst are open and should be automatically accessible for all eligible Doctoral students.
  • Interview Spaces: Wasserman has a limited number of spaces for interview purposes that can be booked via the Recruitment Team, or call +1 212-998-4737.

Printing and Scanning

  • Printing, scanning, and public computer use is available at Bobst Library. Printing is not available to visitors and alumni.
  • Limited printing and scanning is available at Dibner Library.
  • Visit the NYU Print Service: Print Station locations to find additional places to print on campus.
  • Limited equipment loan is available at Bobst and Dibner. Equipment loans are not available to visitors and alumni.
  • Data Services Lab computers and reservable stations are available.
  • Digital Studio workstations are open.

Elevators and Stairs

  • Elevators are available.
  • Stairs are open.

Restrooms and Facilities


  • Restrooms are available.
  • A gender neutral bathroom is available in Bobst on Lower Level 2
  • Library spaces are cleaned in-line with University and state requirements.

Eating & Drinking